5 September 2017
By James Ojo
Barcelona President Josep Bartomeu, says all necessary documents regarding the new contracts of the club’s star-man, Lionel Messi have already been agreed and signed.
The President’s statement came in the wake of claims being circulated in some quarters that the Argentine could leave the club next summer in 2018 when his current contract officially expires, since his reportedly renewed contract has not been officially announced.
It was also speculated in some quarters that the five time Ballon d’Or winner is currently unhappy at the club following the club’s decision to sell Neymar to PSG.
But reacting to the claims, Bartomeu said everything about the player’s new contract had been completed as far back as June, explaining that the club’s tight schedule has been delaying its official announcement.
“Two months have gone by. He got married on June 30, then when he came back he went to Japan, then there was the tour. Then he came back… what happened? There was the Super Cup, then La Liga started, the trip to Monaco. We will find the [right] moment. I hope [within a month],” he told Sport during an interview, explaining why the deal had not been made public.
He added that the player is happy at the club, pointing out that Messi remains committed to the success of the team.
His words: “It’s all agreed and signed. There are three contracts. One with the Messi Foundation, which is signed with the President of the Foundations and the player’s brother. There’s an image rights contract with Messi, which his father has signed, who is the administrator of his company, and the employment contract, which his father has signed, who has the power to do so.”
Explaining what needed to be done before the deal is announced publicly, he said. “[What is missing is] that Leo arrives and we have the official photograph and the protocol of the signature.
“The contract’s signed, it’s valid from the month of June, from June 30, the same day that he got married, curiously. It’s been audited because it goes into the accounts for last season.
“The renewal is included in the accounts for the closing of this season. There are no problems. It’s just the protocol of the signature. We’re relaxed. We’ve had schedule problems [which is why it hasn’t already been announced.
“Now, he’s back on September 6 or 7, we play on September 9. There are a lot of games. We will find the [right] moment.”